Vietnam : IT earnings up 48 per cent

He said most hardware revenues had come from the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) sector driven by players like Samsung, LG, Intel. Korean tech giant Samsung earned $23.9 billion from exports in 2013. “FDI technology firms are now dominating local firms in IT production and the story of “made in Viet Nam” products is not as successful as we expected,” said Duong at an industry seminar in Ha Noi on Wednesday.

Rakuten just launched a $100M fund for startups. Here’s why the company is more than just “Japan’s Amazon”

As Alibaba prepares for its IPO and Tencent aggressively pushes its WeChat messenger all over the world, it’s easy for folks in the west to forget that there’s another Asian internet giant gunning for a broader global presence – Japan’s Rakuten. Founded in 1997, the Tokyo-based firm earned a name for itself domestically with Rakuten Ichiba, a marketplace that sells virtual store space for vendors looking to reach online customers. Rakuten Ichiba’s success helped it gain the reputation as “Japan’s Amazon,” the firm quickly proved to be about more than ecommerce – it successfully branched into the banking, securities, and travel industries. It even created a juggernaut baseball team in northern Japan.

Hong Kong Is China Unicom’s Next Major Data Center Expansion

China Unicom held a foundation stone laying ceremony for its Hong Kong data center, in which the company will invest CNY3 billion. The company will invest CNY3 billion to build a communications hub building in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O. This new building will be used as data center to enhance China Unicom’s network services and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said that this new center will have an international network platform, cloud computing service platform, and Internet data center, which will help improve the company’s communications products development abilities outside of mainland China.

Arkadin Awarded Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Collaboration Service Provider of the Year

SINGAPORE — (Marketwired) — 06/29/14 — Arkadin, an NTT Communications company, and one of the largest and fastest growing providers of Collaboration and Unified Communications services in the world, announced today that it is the recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Collaboration Service Provider of the Year award. Recognizing outstanding performance by companies in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry, Arkadin was chosen for making major breakthroughs in new business for driving further expansion, customer service excellence and revenue growth from its services spanning audio, web and video conferencing and Unified Communications technologies.

Bangalore Tops Global List Of Cities Attracting Tech Talent

MUMBAI: Bangalore has emerged as the most popular destination for attracting technology specialists, beating cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Melbourne, according to a study by professional networking site LinkedIn. Also, four other cities — Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Gurgaon — found place among the top 10 cities globally attracting people with tech skills. Other cities in the top 10 list included Austin, US and Sydney, Australia.

Asustek eyes online sales in Southeast Asia

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. is scheduled to open its official online store in Singapore on July 7 as the company’s first step in expanding its online sales network of the low-cost ZenFone smartphone into Southeast Asian markets. Further, the PC vendor will open its e-commerce website in Hong Kong in late August or early September, said Michael Huang, general manager of the Taiwan branch of Singapore-based e-commerce group Uitox Corp., which teamed up with Asustek in April this year to sell ZenFone models online in Taiwan.

Facebook reaches 69M users in Indonesia, one of its largest markets

Facebook just saw its active user base in Indonesia rise to 69 million, according to a statement from Facebook’s Indonesia head, Anand Tilak. Two quarters back, the company reported 65 million active monthly users in the country pointing to a 6-percent increase. Indonesia is actually one of Facebook’s largest markets, despite the fact that Internet access isn’t always available and just 23-percent of the Southeast Asian country’s 240 million people have smartphones, according to Nielsen.

Research and Markets: Application Delivery Controller Market in Asia-Pacific 2013 Tracker

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Application Delivery Controller Market in Asia-Pacific 2013 Tracker” report to their offering. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) application delivery controller (ADC) market posted an 8.8% growth on a YoY basis in 2013. The slowdown in the market could be attributed to the weaker business climate in the region, which affected enterprise propensity to spend on IT, as well as resulted in enterprises opting to prioritize investments in other technology segments ahead of ADC, such as information and cyber security technologies.

Research and Markets: Asia-Pacific WAN Optimization Controller Market CY 2013

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific WAN Optimization Controller Market CY 2013” report to their offering. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) market recorded a flat YoY growth in 2013, as the demand for the technology was fairly low due to the weak business environment in the region, which affected enterprises’ propensity to spend on IT.

Tencent pays $736 million to take 20% stake in, China’s answer to Craigslist

Chinese web giant Tencent (HKG:0700) – now best known as being the maker of WeChat – announced today that it’s paying US$736 million for a 19.9 percent stake in (NYSE:WUBA), which is China’s answer to Craigslist., which has 130 million monthly unique users, IPO’d last October. Tencent revealed today that’s listings will be integrated in some way with WeChat, the popular messaging app, as well as with Tencent’s QQ IM.

This Japanese startup has 14 million reasons why the business card isn’t dead

Thanks to the rise of social networks and smartphones, business cards don’t quite hold the same cachet that they used to. In Western markets, some people refuse to carry more than one card to networking events (lest they appear desperate), while others proclaim that the age of the business card is flat-out over. For professionals across Asia, however, the humble business card remains a vital tool for introductions and a jumping-off point for future networking.

Japanese startup receives $5M to increase Twitcasting in the US and Brazil

Moi Corporation, the Tokyo-based startup behind Twitcasting, today announced a US$5 million series A funding round that will be used to increase the live-streaming platform’s presence outside of Japan. The investment was led by Indonesia’s Sinar Mas, marking the first time that a non-Japanese VC has invested in the company. Seed investor East Ventures1 also contributed.

Internet speeds, broadband adoption in Singapore on the rise: Akamai

SINGAPORE: The average Internet connection speed for Singapore during the first quarter of 2014 hit 8.4 megabits per second (Mbps), representing a 6.1 per cent jump month-on-month, according to the latest figures by Akamai Technologies. According to its State of the Internet report for the first quarter of 2014, which was released on Friday (June 27), Singapore was ranked fifth in the Asia-Pacific region based on its 8.4 Mbps average connection speed. It is behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong,and Taiwan, which were ranked first to fourth in that order, it added.

Asustek, Gigabyte may each ship over 6 million motherboards in 3Q14

Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology are expected to each ship 5.1-5.2 million own-brand motherboards in the second quarter of 2014 and likely to ship more than six million units in the third, according to supply chain makers. Since Intel already started distributing its K-series processors for overclocking in late-June and will start mass shipping the series in July, motherboard players are optimistic about demand from the PC DIY market in the third quarter and have released new motherboards for the demand.

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware and software guidelines, as well as reference design platforms, for device makers to build affordable smartphones more easily and faster.

China freezes out US in joint cyber crime efforts

Fledging co-operation between the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground to a halt since the recent US indictment of Chinese military officials on hacking charges, a senior US security official said today. At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese hackers’ efforts to break into US networks, the official said. In May, the Justice Department charged five Chinese military members with hacking the systems of US companies to steal trade secrets, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-US working group on cyber issues. China denies the charges and has in turn accused Washington of massive cyber spying.,china-freezes-out-us-in-joint-cyber-crime-efforts.aspx

Line’s DIY sticker store now goes live in the US, UK, and 7 more countries

Early last month popular Japanese messaging app Line officially opened up its Creators Market in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, letting graphic designers sell their own graphics to users while splitting the fees 50-50 with the company. The market not only produced some extremely cool stickers, but brought in some respectable revenues for Line as well. In its first month of operations, the company brought in JPY 150 million (about US$1.47 million) in sales and doled out 1.7 million sticker sets.

India snaps up 52.4 million smartphones in past year, but tablet boom slows dramatically

Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost phones and reduced data tariffs, smartphone sales more than trebled in India in the financial year 2013-14, growing by 244 percent. 52.4 million smartphones were sold in India in that time period, says MAIT, the body representing India’s IT hardware, training, and R&D services sectors, in its annual industry performance review. Surprisingly, India’s tablet boom slowed down dramatically. Unsurprisingly, desktop computer sales were down.

20pc of Malaysian mobile users on LTE by 2019, says Ericsson #cloud Cloudcomputing

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Ericsson expects LTE (Long-Term Evolution) subscribers to make up about one-fifth of Malaysia’s total mobile users by 2019, driven by growing demand for data and video. The figure may seem a bit low given that the smartphone penetration rate has already surpassed the 33 per cent mark, but Todd Ashton (pic), president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, begs to differ. Currently, fewer than 2 per cent of mobile subscribers are on LTE. So, to grow the base tenfold over the next five years is a good achievement.

Mobile network operators try to develop OTT apps of their own

BKAV, known in Vietnam as the leading Internet security firm, has officially joined the OTT market with its launch of Btalk, an app that allows users to make calls and send messages free of charge. The quality of Btalk is still uncertain. However, Nguyen Tu Hoang, Vice President of BKAV, said Btalk’s mission is to replace Viber, a very popular app among Vietnamese at present. Hoang hopes to make Btalk succeed in Vietnam, and then reach out to the world. Viber reportedly has 10 million users in Vietnam.

Indian supercomputers among top nine in global list

LEIPZIG, GERMANY: The 2014 worldwide edition of the Top500 Supercomputers list released revealed that nine Supercomputers ranked in the Top500 list are housed in India and powered by Intel processors, as the company shared in a note. From among these, Intel’s prominent HPC implementations are The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to name a few. Additionally, Intel’s Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors also powers the top-rated system in the world – the 35 PFLOPS “Milky Way 2” in China.

Research and Markets: Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions 2014-2020 – LTE Subscriptions to Surpass 1.6 Billion

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Signals and Systems Telecom’s new report “Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions, Spectrum Licensing, Ownership & Infrastructure Contracts Database: 2014 – 2020” to their offering. Asia Pacific LTE subscriptions to surpass 1.6 Billion by 2020. With nearly 7 Billion mobile network subscriptions worldwide, global mobile penetration is fast approaching the 100% mark.

CITIC Telecom’s Subsidiary Signed a Cooperation Agreement with STNC

Hong Kong, June 26, 2014 – (ACN Newswire) – CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, a reputable telecoms hubbing services operator in Asia, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited has signed a cooperation agreement, through its subsidiary China Enterprise ICT Solutions Limited, with Shanghai Science & Technology Network Communications Corporation Limited (“STNC”) to set up a cloud computing data center in Baoshan, Shanghai. The data center is to be built to international T3+ standard, which can meet requirements of reliability, scalability, eco-friendliness, security and management for next-generation data centers.’s-subsidiary-signed-a-cooperation-agreement-with-stnc

In a challenge to Samsung, Micromax, and Amazon, Indian estore Flipkart launches its own tablet

Perhaps inspired by arch-rival Amazon, India’s top ecommerce store today unveiled its own-brand tablet. The Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT712, despite the awful, convoluted name, is a simple and affordable gadget that seems designed to help people spend more money on Flipkart from their mobile device. The new Flipkart Digiflip – let’s stick with that abbreviated name for now – costs Rs 9,999 (US$160) and is now on sale exclusively from the Flipkart estore. It comes, the company says, with “shopping benefits” worth over Rs. 5,000 (US$83) and complementary ebooks worth over Rs. 2,000 (US$33).

OnePlus One is China’s coolest smartphone… for now (REVIEW)

The One is OnePlus’ first ever smartphone and it’s aimed squarely at the same demographic as the Xiaomi Mi3 in China and the Nexus 5 around the world. I got the 64GB international version, currently available via invite only. It sports a 1080p HD 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon quad-core processor, CyanogenMod OS, 13MP back camera, and a 3100mAh battery. My version usually costs US$350, but I had to pay a bit extra to get it here in mainland China. The 16GB international model normally costs a very modest US$299.

In a rather slow launch in the Philippines, Xiaomi sells 3,000 Mi3 phones after an hour

Xiaomi’s first sale of Mi3 smartphones in the Philippines today marks its slowest sell-out ever. 3,000 Android-powered Mi3 phones were snapped up by shoppers after more than an hour. Tech in Asia reached out to Xiaomi for further details and the exact time taken. Xiaomi, known for its online flash sales, usually sells out a batch of phones in minutes. The devices were sold through the Chinese phone-maker’s local partner, Lazada, at 12 noon today. By watching the availability of the phone on Lazada, we saw that it took the Mi3 about 75 to 90 minutes to sell out completely.

As China’s smartphone users bypass Google, Baidu is top source for Android app downloads: report

App distribution in most countries remains pretty straightforward: the App Store for iOS, and Google Play for Android. In China, however, where users face difficulty accessing Google services due to government-imposed restrictions, app distribution is a circus, with tons of third-party stores competing for market share. But with big and small tech firms fighting to become the biggest and baddest app broker, one firm sits at the top: Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU).

MyRepublic CEO: 4th telco the plan, but ‘resistance expected’

SINGAPORE: There are plenty of assumptions that would need to fall MyRepublic’s way, as well as a helping hand from local regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), before the fiber broadband provider can realise its goal of becoming the fourth telecom operator in Singapore. In an interview with Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (June 26), MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues acknowledged that the road to become the new telco in an already-saturated market is fraught with obstacles. These range from regulatory constraints, to initial cost outlay, and likely resistance from the three incumbents – SingTel, StarHub and M1 – “all along the way”.

Verizon appoints Francis Yip to Lead Asia-Pacific business

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the cloud computing and enterprise IT-focused division of American operator Verizon has appointed Francis Yip to group vice president of Verizon Asia Pacific, where he will lead all of the business’ strategic initiatives. He will be responsible for delivering strategic cloud, security, mobility, network and connected machines solutions to Verizon’s multinational enterprise clients across the region

Japanese giant Rakuten enters India, but it’s not yet joining the ecommerce war

Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten (JSD:4755) has just announced its entry into India. To begin with, the firm has today opened a global unit called the Rakuten India Development and Operations Center (RIDOC) in Bangalore. A statement from the company says the center will focus on “infrastructure operations, processes, and resources.” For now, there’s no Rakuten India estore – instead it is working behind the scenes on developing talent in infrastructure automation, software development, and quality assurance.